Meet The Ringers

 

Doug Bower

I am retired from the Jackson Local Schools where I managed the Performing Arts Complex and Served as Technical Director and Stage Manager for all the shows at the High School for 23 years.  I am currently employed as Minister of Music and Organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Canton, Ohio. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree from Wittenberg University and a Master of Music Degree from Kent State University.   I have started and directed many church handbell choirs over the years, but I always wanted to ring in one.  I have been ringing with the Harmony Ringers since their founding. I am an avid bicyclist and am a trailblazer volunteer with Stark Parks. I founded the Folks on Spokes bicycle touring club and lead many rides for them each month. I am also interested in amateur radio and hold an Amateur Extra Class License and serve as the secretary for the Canton Amateur Radio Club.​

Sue Costello

I have been playing handbells off and on since I was 11 years old. I have been a member of advanced ensembles such as The Youth Bells of Akron and Renaissance Ringers. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Kent State University and a Master's degree in Music Composition from The University of Akron.

Charlene Dombrowski

I have been playing handbells on and off for 30+years. The first 20 I played with different choirs as an Air Force spouse stationed at different places throughout the United States.  I am a member of the handbell choir at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church and I also play the flute.   I am married and have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.  I own my own business as an Investment Advisor Representative.

Marie Downey

I direct the Adult Choir, Youth and Children’s choirs at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church in Canton.  I teach private piano lessons, am a member of A Chorus For A Cause and have sung with various local choirs, including VOCI.  I earned  a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kent State University where I majored in piano and minored in voice.  I also have a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Akron.  I am retired from Jackson Local Schools as a school counselor; have two adult children and five grandchildren.

Karen Elgin

I have been playing handbells for many years.  Besides playing in Harmony Ringers, I play at First Congregational Church of Akron and I sing in A Chorus for a Cause in Canton. I am a retired school bus driver and I am a professional artist. (check out her murals in Canal Fulton) My husband Les and I have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.

 

Juanita Finley

I began ringing handbells off and on at church with my sons and am one of the newer members of Harmony Ringers.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from The University of Akron and am a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  I enjoy outdoor activities, reading, sporting events and spending time with my sons.

Kathryn Gerber

I am very excited to be playing with Harmony Ringers. I have been playing handbells for about 11 years. I enjoy making music with handbells along with many other instruments. I also enjoy being in the audience listening and watching many different genres of music. Besides enjoying the arts, I enjoy being working outside in my flower beds and spending time with my family.

Ann Hartong

I've been ringing handbells for 30+ years at Greensburg United Methodist Church in the city of Green.  I am the mother of 4 adult children, and the bookkeeper of the dairy farm on which my husband Denny and I live. I am also active in vocal choir at church and enjoy reading, knitting and a competitive round of golf.

Michael LaMantia

I started with Harmony Ringers Fall of 2015 wanting a challenge. I've been playing in handbell choirs since the age of 9, when I started ringing in a church group led by the woman who would become my mother-in-law some years later. Since then, I have actively performed in several church choirs in northeast Ohio, almost continually for over 30 years. When I am not playing handbells, I fill my days working in IT at a large Akron manufacturing company. My nights and weekends are spent with my wife and 3 children (11, 9 and 4), doing home improvement projects, camping, and spending time with extended family. "

Caitlyn Maholic

I am in the Early Special Education program at Malone University and I'm also a triplet! Been playing bells since 2nd grade and I love the challenge of playing any part given to me. I also sing in my church choir, play in the bell choir and play flute. 

Marina Maholic

I am a mom of triplets and a retired nurse. I have been playing bells for 17 years and one of the founding members of A Chorus For A Cause. I enjoy playing piano and composing. I am a member of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team out of Frederick, OK as part of the medical staff and enjoy my moments of going back in time to the 1940’s! I love roaming through antique shops and flea markets and hiking with my puppy Tucker!

Phillip Schleich

I started playing in handbell choirs 13 years ago and recently joined Harmony Ringers after graduating from college. I have a degree in music composition from Ohio State University. I am learning the trade of organ builder at Shantz Organ Co. and I'm currently playing organ and piano at Simpson UMC. I'm also aspiring to publish music for handbell choirs and I'm excited for the opportunity to spend time with so many other talented ringers in this group.

Laurie Spangler

I have been playing bells over 15 years at Church of the Lakes United Methodist.  I am a 6th grade teacher in the Plain Local School system. My husband and I have two young children and enjoy going camping all together.

Karen Henke Zotta 

I have been ringing handbells off and on for many years at Church of the Savior United Methodist, and now with Harmony Ringers. I also sing with my church choir, A Chorus for a Cause , and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Chorus. I recently retired after working over 40 yrs as a medical technologist with Doctors Hospital/Affinity Medical Center, having started working there right out of high school. I am married to Cornel, a violinist and private teacher, and we have 1 daughter , Anna.

Our music

 

If you have never heard a handbell choir before you may ask " What kind of music does a bell choir play?"  Well - you name it - we probably have or can play it.  Although bell choirs are generally associated with sacred music and churches, the repertoire of contemporary handbell choirs is vast and varied.

Our concerts are beautiful to listen to as well as fun to experience.  We try to include something that will appeal to almost everyone.

Some pieces we have played include:

Familar Christmas Carols

Sousa's Washington Post March

"Rhythmic Rip" - handbells STOMP!

Just a Closer Walk

"Rolling in the Deep" - an Adele song

Copacabana

Crocodile Rock - an Elton John song

and many more.

 

 

Listen to

"America the Beautiful" 

with Mark Thewes on organ and Sandy Simpson on Piano

 

 

Listen to & watch us on YouTube.

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